In 2016, Middlesex Community College was awarded a five-year Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI) grant by the U.S. Department of Education. Originally introduced in Congress in 2002, this AANAPISI designation finally became law in 2007. To qualify for designation as an AANAPISI, an institution's enrollment of undergraduate students must be at least 10 percent Asian American or Native American Pacific Islander, and at least 50 percent of the student body must be eligible for federal need-based financial assistance, such as Pell Grants and Federal Work-Study. AANAPISI funding helps participating institutions strengthen retention and persistence services, bolster recruitment programs, and expand staff and resources to help currently underserved students. 

Faculty are creating modules on Asian/Cambodian themes that will be embedded into courses across the general education curriculum. These modules are designed to raise challenging and engaging themes and connect the study of various disciplines to the current conditions that may be seen in Asia and in the Cambodian American experiences in Lowell that so directly affect many MCC students. The curriculum LibGuide is available for use across disciplines.

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Last Modified: 11/20/23